Helena Zubanovich


Helena Zubanovich
opera singer mezzo-soprano
Polish mezzo-soprano Helena Zubanovich studied at Katowice's Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. She made her debut as an opera singer in 1993, in the role of Mimì in the city of Bytom. Following this, she won awards at numerous voice competitions, including at the Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (1993), the “The Young Talent” competition in Helsinki (1994), the Robert Stolz International Viennese Operetta Singing Competition in Hamburg (1996) and the Palermo International Singing Competition (2000). She has been singing mezzo-soprano roles since 2000.
Zubanovich has collaborated with such conductors as Kirill Petrenko and Simone Young and performed with the Orchestre national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonie Orchester Hamburg, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (in Palermo), the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, just to name a few of the ensembles she has sung with.
Her repertoire includes the roles of Amneris (Aida), Eboli (Don Carlo), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Mrs Quickly (Falstaff), Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), the Witch (Rusalka), Laura (La Gioconda), Herodias (Salome), Klytaemnestra (Elektra), Klementia (in Hindemith's Sancta Susanna), the Mother (in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel), the Princess (in Puccini's Suor Angelica), Siegrune (Die Walküre), Azucena (Il trovatore), Kostelnička (Jenůfa), the Countess di Coigny (Andrea Chénier) and the Seer (in Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel).
After singing the role of Ines in Donizetti's Maria Padilla on a CD released in 2011, she also sang Emilia in Otello on a recording released by Pentatone. She has recently appeared at the Wiener Volksoper, the Prague State Opera House, Warsaw's Grand Theatre and Beethoven Festival, the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, Opernhaus Düsseldorf, as well as in Kassel, Essen, Malmö, Poznań and Caen, working with directors like Willy Decker and Gian Carlo del Monaco.
Since September 2015, the year she also earned her doctorate of fine arts, she has been contracted with Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper.